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Archive - 2017

August 18th

Nearing Death Awareness

Nearing death awareness is the mind and

        heart going home, revisiting people and

Places and things: the experiences that have

        imprinted in and on each person’s mind:

A collage of life and living that accumulated

        as each person lived and grew:

Memories, then, that randomly became me…  

        but that just as well could be you.

A Hill resident, the author believes that the appreciation of art should not be influenced by the vagaries or prejudices of biography.

Free For All “Othello”

Through Aug. 27 at The Shakespeare Theatre Company

It is stark. It is cathartic. It is Shakespeare, as alive today as his work was when written, over four centuries ago. And it is “free,” this stunning, mesmerizing production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and jealousy, betrayal and deception, murder and atonement, “Othello,” which is staged at the Washington Shakespeare Company’s Sidney Harman Hall through Aug. 27.

David Hoffman lives four blocks from City Dogs and wishes he had one! He is a freelance journalist covering the arts and entertainment as well as politics and foreign and defense policy. He is vice president for programs at the Woman's National Democratic Club, founded by suffragettes in 1922, where men are also active members.

Councilmember Allen, Mayor Bowser Attend Watkins Elementary Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Cutting Celebrates Completion of the $44 Million Modernization Project

Councilmember Charles Allen (Wad 6-D) and Mayor Muriel Bowser were on hand at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 17 for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Watkins Elementary School (420 12 Street SE). The ceremony celebrated the completion of the $44 million modernization of the school, which was built in 1962. The modernization includes a 26,338 square foot addition that consists of new administrative spaces, an outdoor classroom, state-of-the-art media center, and a new cafeteria and gym.

UPDATED: Arrest Made in July 26th Anacostia River Trail Murder

Crime Blotter: August 17th

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced Thursday that they had made an arrest in the July 26th shooting murder of a 37 year-old man on the Anacostia River Trail.

At about 8:30 a.m. that day, members of the Sixth District were dispatched to the listed the trail south of the 3300 block of East Capitol Street SE after reports of a shooting.

Dental Health Is Essential

Healthy white teeth may look great on your dog or cat, but good dental health is also essential for overall quality of life and body health. Good oral hygiene will help to prevent periodontal disease and associated systemic illness such as infection, chronic pain, behavior changes, difficulty eating, and even long-term microscopic changes to organs such as the heart and liver. Eyes may be the window to the soul, but teeth are the portal to many organ systems. 

How Dental Disease Develops

Hill resident Dan Teich, DVM, practices at District Veterinary Hospital, 3748 10th St. NE,

Shaw Streets - August 2017

Shaw Businesses Hold Open House

Shaw Main Streets held its spring Open House on Saturday, June 17. Participants were able to check out 26 businesses, restaurants, bars, barber shops and hair salons, fitness facilities, and other establishments in lower Shaw for four hours that afternoon. They received free #loveshaw T-shirts and refrigerator magnets and recyclable shopping bags, and enjoyed cocktail and food samples, caricatures, and other freebies.

Self-Discovery through Numerology

Dr. Natalie Boulware has a special gift. She can take a person’s birthdate and, using mathematics, discern unique and positive characteristics of her client which can help that person begin to answer the ‘why’ questions of life.

Dr. Boulware practices numerology, the study of a number’s symbolism. The practice is used to determine an individual’s personality, talents, strengths, inner needs, obstacles, ways of dealing with others and emotional interactions.

Pattie Cinelli is a holistic fitness practitioner who works with clients who want to bring their mind and body more into sync, who want feel better, stronger, more balanced and confident to do whatever he/she wants. Pattie blends yoga, Pilates and core fitness philosophy into a unique program for clients. She works in clients’ homes, offices or at Sport & Health Gym. Pattie’s been writing her health/fitness column for more than 25 years. Please contact Pattie at:

Drought, Disease & Blight

Keep Garden Woes Out of Sight!

What a wonderful summer it has been! Hot as ever, with long sunny days and a nice cool rain in the afternoon to ease the heat into the night. As the days shorten, subtle influences of fall begin to creep into each dusk and dawn, combining with the sweltering summer heat to make ideal conditions for diseases, mold, and fungi to spread.

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